The Murderer
Series A for Andromeda
Season 1, Episode 5
A for Andromeda (TV series)
Air date October 31st, 1961
Writers Fred Hoyle
John Elliot
Director Michael Hayes
Producers Michael Hayes
Norman James
Starring Esmond Knight; Patricia Kneale; Peter Halliday; Noel Johnson; Julie Christie
Episode guide
"The Monster"
"The Face of the Tiger"

"The Murderer" is the fifth episode of A for Andromeda and first aired on the BBC on October 31st, 1961.

Synopsis Edit

Doctor Fleming and Madeleine Dawnay are still in shock over the sudden death of Dawnay's assistant, Christine. The computer outputs a new set of protocols, this time demanding the synthetic creation of living embryonic cells. Fleming is outraged and wants to destroy the computer as well as the "Cyclops" entity. Doctor Dawney obeys the supercomputer's demands and begins cultivating live human embryos. The embryo grows at an alarming rate and assumes the form of Christine. This veritable clone is dubbed Andromeda and interfaces directly with the computer. The computer realizes that Andromeda is the true result of what it was trying to create and as such, destroys the inferior Cyclops.

Politically, the work carried out at the Thorness facility is creating an international quagmire. The Ministry of Defence attempts to contain and quell public knowledge of the military's work, but as the controversy worsens, the Prime Minister turns to Andromeda in the hopes of finding a solution to the deteriorating political fallout.

Cast Edit

Actor Role
Peter Halliday Doctor John Fleming
Esmond Knight Professor Ernest Reinhart
Mary Morris Madeleine Dawnay
Patricia Kneale Judy Adamson
Noel Johnson J.M. Osborne
Donald Stewart General Vandenberg
Julie Christie Andromeda
Geoffrey Lewis Doctor Geers
John Hollis Kaufmann
John Murray-Scott Harvey
David King Minister of Defence Burdett
Ernest Hare Minister of Defense Ratcliff
Maurice Hedley Prime Minister
Peter Ducrow Doctor Hunter
Brenda Peters Secretary to J.M. Osborne
Richard Mayes Teacher
Michael Hayes Countdown announcer

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